Katrine Vellesen Løken

Professor Katrine Vellesen Løken

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Labour Economics

Katrine V. Løken is Professor of Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics. Her PhD is from University of Bergen in 2010. She is co-research director at CELE since 2017.

Her main research interests are in early investments in children, and the long-term outcomes and effects of different social policies. She has focused on identifying causal effects of policies such as parental leave, subsidized day care, father’s quota in leave, and cash subsidies for families. Her work combines state-of-the art statistical analysis with access to uniquely detailed Norwegian register data. More recently, she has started a new project looking at the causal effect of incarceration. With the aim of pushing the research frontier in the economics of crime, Loken has acquired access to unique datasets on criminals and victims.

Loken’s work has been published in leading economic journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Public Economics and American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Her work has been widely disseminated in international media, including for example The Atlantic, Freakonomics Blog, and Harvard Business Review. She is currently Op-ed columnist at Dagens Næringsliv.

Loken is a research fellow at CEPR, IZE and CES-ifo and Professor II at University of Bergen and Statistics Norway. She is on the board of editors at The Review of Economic Studies.

She was awarded the Nils Klim Prize in 2017, a price given annually to a young Nordic scholar within law, humanities and social sciences.

Loken is the Principal Investigator for the project Social Costs of Incarceration, funded by the Norwegian Research Council from 2015-2018. Personal Homepage: https://sites.google.com/site/katrinecv

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Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Dahl, Gordon B., Løken, Katrine Vellesen, Mogstad, Magne, Salvanes, Kari Vea What is the case for paid maternity leave? Review of Economics and Statistics Volume 98 (4), page 655 - 670, 2016
Johnsen, Julian Vedeler, Løken, Katrine Vellesen Nordic family policy and maternal employment Nordic Economic Policy Review (2), page 115 - 132, 2016
Løken, Katrine Vellesen, Lundberg, Shelly, Riise, Julie Lifting the burden: Formal care of the elderly and labor supply of adult children The Journal of human resources Volume 52 (1), page 247 - 271, 2016
Carneiro, Pedro, Løken, Katrine Vellesen, Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar A flying start? Maternity leave benefits and long-run outcomes of children Journal of Political Economy Volume 123 (2), page 365 - 412, 2015
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